During the research project, storage solutions and back up are needed. Usually there is also a need to share the data with colleagues. When selecting storage solution, the following should be paid attention to:
Personal user accounts in commersial services, such as Dropbox and GoogleDrive, are not recommended for storing and sharing research data. Please note that also USB-sticks and other portable storage units should be avoided due to the risk of data loss.
Storing and sharing during the project - raw data and processed data
Tools for collaboration
After the end of the project
Check wether the funder or publisher require that research data should be stored for a specfic time for verification of results. The time periods are in general discipline-specific (e.g. 3 years, 5 years, 10 years).
Sharing, publishing, opening data after the project end are described in the section open/preserve after project end.
There is a range of institutional licenses for programs for capturing, collecting and analysing data. See the ICT service information on the intranet (login required). For example, the following tools are provided:
Standard and non-proprietary formats are recommended in digital archiving, since these increase the possibility of reusing the material in the future. Some data archives may recommend or require specific formats upon submission of data.
Digitalpreservation.fi - guide for file formats in long-term preservation
Finnish Social Science Data Archive's guide for file formats and software